The changing face of diabetes at Hollywood
Jul 04, 2017
Hollywood Private Hospital (Hollywood) has introduced a Diabetes Education team to assist in the treatment, education and management of diabetes.
Diabetes affects approximately 1.5 million Australians and occurs when the body can’t auto regulate the levels of glucose in the blood. Individuals and families impacted by the condition greatly benefit from education to help navigate the many complexities the disease brings.
Clinical Nurse Consultant in Diabetes, Sarah Black, was appointed Hollywood’s first diabetes educator in 2008. Due to Hollywood’s growth to a 738 licensed bed hospital and the increasing intricacies of patient healthcare needs, two additional diabetes educators have joined Sarah to form the Diabetes Education team.
The goal of the Diabetes Education team is to optimise the clinical treatment and outcomes for patients with diabetes, reduce their length of stay in hospital and enable self-management post discharge.
Sarah said "Educating individuals about diabetes and its self-management empowers them to modify their lifestyle and provides the motivation to regularly review their condition with their GP or specialist provider."
"Education is a powerful tool for diabetes prevention in the undiagnosed and for reducing the risk of developing diabetes related complications in people with the condition."
In addition to working directly with patients and their families, the team will educate Hollywood’s clinical employees and assist them in determining and implementing treatment options.
The importance of diabetes education can’t be underestimated. In the broader context, the condition contributes to sub optimal health outcomes of hospitalised patients which directly impacts healthcare costs.
Hollywood Chief Executive Officer, Peter Mott, said "We’re pleased to have expanded our diabetes education offering this year. This important service is empowering individuals to understand, manage and live with this chronic condition that affects many people in the community."